Envision Venice Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year Ending. September 30, Preserving and Enhancing the Venice Quality of Life.

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1 Adopted April 28, 2015 October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016 Envision Venice Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2016 Preserving and Enhancing the Venice Quality of Life Table of Contents Mission... 2 Strategic Goals Goal One: Keep Venice Beautiful and Eco-Friendly Goal Two: Provide Efficient, Responsive Government with High Quality Services Goal Three: Ensure a Financially Sound City Goal Four: Upgrade and Maintain City Infrastructure and Facilities Goal Five: Encourage and Support a Growing, Diverse Economy Goal Six: Preserve the Venice Quality of Life through Planning Vision... 3 Goal One... 4 Goal Two... 7 Goal Three... 8 Goal Four... 9 Goal Five Goal Six... 12

2 Mission Details Exceptional Municipal Services Employees are ambassadors of the city to citizens, the business community, and visitors Continually evaluate ways to reduce cost and enhance service delivery Maintain or improve the city credit rating Engage in the community, understand customers, their needs and expectations Engaged Citizens Always listen to citizens Provide services compatible with the city s financial capabilities Engage in strategic policy development, to define future issues and challenges Contribute expertise and partner in service to the community through participation on advisory boards and stakeholder committees Help maintain open city government Financially Sustainable City Maintain a balanced budget Construct the annual city budget focused on community needs Monitor cost of delivering services City Mission: To provide exceptional municipal services through a financially and environmentally sustainable city with engaged citizens 2

3 Vision Details Vibrant High Quality of Life Successful community events, festivals, parades, music, arts and theater to bring people of all ages together Strong community organizations Environment conducive to an active and healthy lifestyle Opportunities to walk, run, bike, jog, sail, kayak, fly and use alternative modes of transportation safely Diverse recreational and leisure venues, programs and activities for all generations Quick access to top quality medical and healthcare services Boating and fishing, the harbor and fishing pier Opportunities for eco-tourism Energy efficient and eco-friendly programs city-wide Access to adequate free parking Parks with a variety of amenities and activities Variety of quality restaurants, retail and commercial businesses Access to local and regional culture and arts City Vision: Maintain Venice as a vibrant, charming, historic community in which to live, learn, work and play Charming Promote architectural theme of Northern Italian Renaissance for gateways, commercial corridors, downtown and areas that are key to maintaining the city s character Walkable, with bicycle and pedestrian-friendly areas Multi-modal transportation People feeling safe and secure Small shops and restaurants Well maintained buildings, streetscapes, landscaping, streets and parks Historic Preserve historic and architectural character Protect the natural character of the city including landscaping Preserve downtown area with parks, small shops and restaurants 3

4 Goal One: Keep Venice Beautiful and Eco-Friendly Objective 1: Maintain pristine beaches and gulf waters Continue annual contributions to beach renourishment fund Identify partnership opportunities in the region for beach erosion solutions 3. Establish funding plan for future renourishment or alternative solutions when the city becomes responsible for entire costs 4. Advocate for renourishment of Caspersen Beach Objective 2: Improve gateways to historic downtown and Venice 4 Identify incentives for gateway improvements Promote improvements among property owners 3. Develop a gateway enhancement and maintenance plan 4. Develop and implement an adopt-a-gateway program

5 Objective 3: Plan for and maintain parks and public property Create a master parks plan Develop and implement a signage plan to recognize local service clubs and volunteer groups who assist with park and traffic island maintenance Objective 4: Create a plan and implement conservation measures Conduct an energy audit to identify potential reductions in energy consumption and present findings for implementation Identify additional eco-friendly enhancements Objective 5: Develop and implement a plan and related policies to protect heritage trees and significant tree groupings Objective 6: Approve a modified plan for Legacy Park in accordance with the management plan Identify funding sources for the construction of a playground and other planned park improvements 5

6 Objective 7: Develop and implement a comprehensive traffic management plan Coordinate with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for signalization study Evaluate traffic flow, including evacuation routes 3. Analyze seasonal variations in traffic flow 4. Analyze special events impact on traffic flow and identify ways to alleviate problem areas 5. Identify and utilize available county resources to support studies 6. Develop and implement phase 2 wayfinding signage 7. Complete phase 2 satellite parking plan 8. Explore options for parking structure 9. Evaluate use of a city trolley system 10. Continue to encourage SCAT s purchase of trolley cars to compliment the conventional bus routes 6

7 Goal Two: Provide Efficient, Responsive Government with High Quality Services Objective 1: Provide adequate staffing levels to meet increased service demands in affected departments 7 Develop funding plan to meet increased service demand

8 Goal Three: Ensure a Financially Sound City Objective 1: Maintain a balanced budget without the use of reserve funds Annually develop a balanced budget on a timely basis Review all personnel costs 3. Collaborate with other governmental entities for efficiencies Objective 2: Continue to evaluate, adopt and adhere to clear fiscal policies and performance standards Ensure presentation of annual pension fund report from pension boards Provide quarterly updates on impact and extraordinary mitigation fees 3. Develop long-term plan to reach 80% or better pension funding 4. Create and adopt a plan to increase budget reserves 5. Define revenue sources in budget 6. Provide a schedule of projected budget revenues 8

9 Goal Four: Upgrade and Maintain City Infrastructure and Facilities Objective 1: Maintain the airport as a top-notch general aviation facility Provide policy support to advance the mission of the airport Objective 2: Continue to pursue opportunities to ensure Venice receives a proportionate share of county, state and federal resources and revenues Objective 3: Continue to pursue general government efficiency through balanced growth, collaboration with other agencies and progressive policy design Examine feasibility of fire department consolidation A. Research and evaluate relevant performance and fiscal data B. Enlist professional expertise, if necessary Analyze Joint Planning Agreement (JPA) A. Identify all properties eligible for annexation B. Analyze opportunities and report findings C. Review criteria for annexation 3. Develop zoning updates to meet housing demands A. Analyze workforce housing opportunities B. Research apartment overlay district design C. Modify codes to accommodate property upgrades i. Renovation/preservation of historic sites 9

10 Objective 4: Establish guidelines for management of special events Develop a five-year special events calendar Objective 5: Evaluate implications of relocating public works Objective 6: Develop policy for receipt of any gift or public asset, including buildings and structures 10

11 Goal Five: Encourage and Support a Growing, Diverse Economy Objective 1: Continue to promote positive relationships with governmental agencies and community organizations Collaborate and communicate with community and neighborhood groups a. Support business strategies to areas outside of the central business district Collaborate with the School Board to share public assets 3. Host a public workshop to explore the merits of improvements in the Seaboard area, including Sarasota County, business and property owners A. Develop a plan based on workshop recommendations B. Establish a city/county partnership to improve the greater Seaboard area Objective 2: Create and support a city-wide marketing plan Economic Development Advisory Board to devise and recommend a marketing program Create and fund an integrated marketing plan in conjunction with other governmental and community entities, with designated staff person to promote the city 11

12 Goal Six: Preserve the Venice Quality of Life through Planning Objective 1: Update the comprehensive plan Communicate proactively with developers, Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders regarding Land Development Regulations (LDRs) Streamline zoning and permitting regulations to improve property utilization emphasizing redevelopment, preservation of historic properties and structures, and vacant infill development Objective 2: Identify and implement opportunities to promote and incentivize mixed-use development, including affordable, workforce and market-rate housing Objective 3: Protect the history of Venice, including significant structures, landscaping and cultural entities Draft and implement Land Development Regulations to support protection of significant structures, architecture, landscaping and cultural entities Modify codes to accommodate the renovation and preservation of the apartment overlay district Objective 4: Devise a strategy to develop historic preservation and identification projects Create an inventory of historic structures and monuments, using the Historic Preservation Board Develop criteria for evaluating museum and other projects including funding resources, feasibility and timeline for project development 12

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